This year marks the 75th anniversary of Tennessee State Parks. The Native American Indian Association of Tennessee, Inc. (NAIA) will join in celebrating that birthday during their 31" Annual Indian Education Program Pow Wow and Fall Festival on October 19-21, 2012 at Long Hunter State Park. In addition, Governor Bill Haslam has proclaimed the month of October as Native American Indian Month.
All are encouraged and welcome to celebrate with us during this spectacular event which features Native American Indian dancers in full regalia. Competition dancing includes: Fancy, Traditional, Straight Grass Cloth, Buckskin, Fancy Shawl, Jingle Dress, Senior, and Junior. There will also be musicians and singers, storytelling, games, modern and traditional arts and crafts (beading, basket-weaving, carving, jewelry, and many others), traditional Native American foods and a special NAIA Arts and Crafts Demonstration Village.
Additionally, a tipi village will offer visitors a glimpse of early American life. The NAIA Indian Education Program Pow Wow and Fall Festival is the association's main fundraiser each year. All proceeds help supply its Emergency Relief and Education-Scholarship Funds. NAIA is a non-profit organization serving more than 15,000 Native Americans living in the state of Tennessee.
On Friday, October 19, from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., NAIA offers free admission to all school children and educators. Several special interactive programs are planned. This distinctive educational and cultural event is also sponsored by NAIA as part of the Support the Arts in Tennessee program.
Admission cost is very reasonable. Adults: $6.00 / Senior Citizens: $3.00 / Children 6-12: $3.00 / Children -5: Free.
This gathering is one of the largest pow wows east of the Mississippi River and draws American Indians and visitors from all across the United States and Canada. Attendance over the past several years has averaged 15,000-18,000 during this three-day event. Come and be one of the thousands to enjoy our celebration.
For more information, please call the Nashville office at 615-232-9179 or visit www.naiatn.org/powwow/index.html.